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Crane collapse in NYC takes one life and injures other

Photos from Lower Manhattan this morning are shocking. The twisted metal wreckage of the 565-foot boom between Hudson and Church Streets looks like something out of an apocalypse-type movie. The impact of the boom even caused leaks to gas and water mains in the area.

Why the winter months are especially dangerous for construction workers

Even when weather conditions are ideal, the job of a construction worker is dangerous. Add in high winds, bone-chilling temperatures, snow, sleet and ice and the risk of a construction worker suffering injury or death increase exponentially.

How to ensure a construction contractor meets safety and work standards

For individuals who work in the construction industry, safety is paramount. Despite being one of the most-regulated of all industries and subject to the direct oversight and inspection by city, state and federal agencies, every year thousands of U.S. construction workers are injured and killed on the job.

Why are there so many construction accidents and injuries in New York City?

Consistently ranked by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as one of the most dangerous professions, the many dangers faced by construction laborers cannot be overstated. So far this year, New York City's Department of Buildings details that there have been an estimated 400 injuries reported by construction workers and at least six deaths. The number of injuries is especially noteworthy considering that is represents nearly a 68 percent increase over the 237 reported injuries during 2014.

In New York City, construction site safety inspectors are in short supply

As we've noted in previous blog posts, New York City is in the midst of a building boom. From commercial skyscrapers and parking ramps to high-end hotels and residential properties, during 2014 alone, the city's Buildings Department issued roughly 142,000 building permits, which represents a nearly 20 percent jump in just three years.

For Hispanic construction workers, language barriers can be deadly

In dangerous occupations like the construction industry, it's critical that employers and contractors are able to communicate key safety information to ensure for the physical health and safety of all workers. Alarmingly, a significant percentage of U.S. construction workers are Hispanic immigrants who speak little to no English and are therefore at a greater risk of suffering serious and fatal workplace injuries.

New York City's Department of Buildings revokes general contractor's license

To ensure for the safety of construction workers and members of the general public, construction companies must be licensed and obtain the appropriate building permits. Additionally, construction employers must follow certain safety laws and regulations to ensure that work sites are as safe and hazard-free as possible.

Construction workers and the dangers of asbestos exposure

In this blog, we discuss at length the many and significant dangers that construction workers face on a regular basis. While the vast majority of construction-related hazards are visible and obvious, there are others that cannot be seen and the negative effects of which may not be apparent for years.

Construction worker shortage raises safety concerns

In the wake of the 2008 great recession, the majority of construction projects throughout New York City and across the U.S. were put on indefinite hold. Fast forward to 2015 and cities across the U.S. are experiencing a building boom as demand for housing and commercial properties has increased substantially.

OSHA and construction workers' rights

For the thousands of construction workers who work at building and demolition sites throughout New York City, a typical day's work may involve scaling scaffolding, working in an elevator shaft or digging in a trench. While there’s no doubt that workers engaged in these types of activities are at danger of suffering injuries, the fact is that just being present on an active construction site can be dangerous.

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  • $2.1 million settlement

    for 33-year old electrician who fell from ladder while attempting to fit heavy cable into crown box when cable sprung back and struck him, causing him to suffer left shoulder injury with impingement.

  • $1.6 million settlement

    for 38-year old electrician who slipped and fell on debris on stairway with resulting cervical herniated disc and aggravation of pre-existing arthritic changes.

  • $2.55 million settlement

    for 42-year old electrician who fell into an uncovered, unprotected hole and suffered a severe low back injury with herniated disc(s) that required surgery at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels.

  • $1.75 million settlement

    for 26-year old construction worker who fell through opening in roof and fractured his wrist, requiring surgery with open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation device, and eventual fusion.

  • $2.5 million settlement

    for 38-year old female electrician (with history of prior neck injury) who tripped on uneven Masonite protective floor covering, and suffered neck injury with herniated discs requiring cervical fusion.

  • $1.2 million settlement

    during trial for 40-year old sheet metal worker who was struck in the neck and shoulder by an air conditioning unit and suffered herniated cervical discs and cervical radiculopathy.

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